Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hop Against Homophobia

Greetings, friends! It's been a busy month with not a lot to report, but I wanted to take the time to blog about this important topic. This weekend, a group of bloggers is coming together in hopes of educating people about the dangers of homophobia. I'm going to ask you to think bigger than this weekend. Think about real change, real progress to secure civil rights for all US citizens.

I believe this single topic will drive the presidential election.

I am not going to debate the merits of any political party. For me, the conversation is not about Fox versus CNN. These types of arguments are merely distractions and you will increasingly see people trying to divert the conversation from the real issue by stirring shit between the Conservatives and Liberals, Republican and Democrats, Doms and subs...wait. Okay, maybe not the last one.

My challenge to you is to consider whether you can set aside politically charged rhetoric and engage with people of all political, religious, and personal beliefs in order to focus on the single issue of gay rights.

I posted this on my Facebook page, but I believe it deserves another look. Sure, these could all be actors, and no...we don't really "Know" they're in love - yep, you guessed, I got a note from someone claiming this was all a fake for the sake of making a point.

I believe I had that covered when I pointed out that these were expressions of love and expressions of hate. What is far more terrifying is the current trend  of extremists who profess to believe in an omnipotent and loving God, and then presume to speak for him with messages of hate and exclusion.

All right, so what are we going to do? Tell me what positive action you're willing to take in the next six months that promotes the rights of the GLBTQ Community.

Post your response here on my blog this weekend in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia

All of you who respond with a positive action you're willing to take to promote the rights of the GLBTQ community will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Gift Card for All Romance eBooks.

Please visit these other bloggers and support the Hop Against Homophobia.


  1. I am not here to win the prize but to thank you for taking part in this blog. Speaking for myself (as a straight woman) I have and will continue to support others in their rights for equality. sign petitions write letters contribute to causes in any way I can.

  2. I will be doing a blog about the topic, and dare-say, share a hidden secret nobody knows. How do you go out of your way to support a cause without truly being real? What's the worse that can happen?

  3. I love this post... and I don't know what I will do... I know what I've done... I took in an awesome guy (into my home) who was in an intolerable situation where he lived. And in the process I gained an awesome adopted baby brother. Love you Vic. You can check out my Hop against Homophobia post here:
    and my adopted bro's is here:

  4. this post is amazing... I don't want to be in the drawing... I just want to support my fellow authors!

    Best of LOve and Success to you!

    TL James
    The MPire Saga

  5. I don't want to be in the drawing either. I wrote a blog that most of my friends might not support. I know all too well what it feels like to hide in the shadows, not be able to tell people who you really are. I just know that the community that was once a part of my life, healed my soul.

  6. Good Morning, I just wanted to say how much I admire you for banding together with so many authors for such a worthy cause. Good luck in your endeavors.

    Missy Martine

  7. I live my life out and proud. I live with my wife and love her everyday.

  8. I believe love can triumph over hate and that it always will! As long as we continue to share our stories, show our commonality, and never give up, equality will be achieved.

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

  9. I'll do what I always do. I'll raise my boys to be open minded and accepting. I'll let them know that we will be proud of them and love them no matter who they choose to love. We will continue to support all our gay and lesbian friends.

    andreagrendahl AT gmail DOT com

  10. Since becoming friends with several transgender individuals over the last 6 months I have been trying to pass on the ways in which I have learned to be more respectful in conversation. We all have room to learn and everyone deserves respect and civility.

  11. I'm not much of an activist. I don't go out and protest or gather signatures or volunteer. But I can question people calmly about their bigotry when I run across it.


  12. I love the 'This is love, this is stupid' picture. :)


  13. I will continue what I've done for years and speak up when I hear people being stupid about Homosexuals. I try and correct the 'facts' they spout and tell it like it really is.

    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  14. I'm trying to reach out to my parents, to show them that being gay doesn't mean anything bad, they religious believe, sadly don't help the matter and I'm getting tired of all those stupid comments.*sigh*

    anzuazura at yahoo dot de

  15. I'm going to combat negative generalizations with concrete, positive examples regarding LGBT/trans issues. I've read so many great personal stories on this hop that I can use!


  16. In my country, homophobia is strong and alive.

    The one thing I told my parents..dont discriminate. Life is short, whoever my brothers and sister bring back - accept them with open arms ( as long they respect them ).

  17. I showed a bunch of these post to the teens in my family to show them how hurt some "innocent" remarks are to many others. I get so annoyed when my nephew says "you're so gay". ERRRR drove me crazy. I know he didn't mean anything by it but it is so wrong to use that as a saying. I think that these post have helped. Thank you all for sharing with us!

  18. Thanks for the great post. I teach high school Social Psychology and discrimination and homophobia is one of the many topics we discuss and learn about. I hope I do my part by teaching my students about lover and tolerance, not hate.

  19. I think it is important to be willing to fight for equality even if it does not personally effect you. Just because I am straight doesn't mean I should turn a blind eye to discrimination.

  20. I live in a small village where the opportunities to some campaigning are limited. I don't know if the past actions count, but I allocated the 1% of my tax that according to law in my country can go to any charity to organization fighting homophobia.